Latest studies have seen Sunderland linked with a transfer for Manchester Metropolis-owned ahead Marlos Moreno, with the Black Cats considered one of numerous Championship golf equipment who’re believed to be eager on signing the 25-year-old.
Having returned from a latest momentary stint at KV Kortrijk in Belgium, the Colombian gem is at present coaching with French aspect Troyes – a part of the Metropolis Soccer Group – though is eager on a keep in England this summer season, having spent the previous six years out on mortgage at golf equipment throughout the globe.
Signed by the Etihad outfit from Atletico Nacional in 2016 on a £4.75m deal, the winger – who has only a yr remaining on his present contract with Pep Guardiola’s aspect – is but to characteristic for his dad or mum membership, with a departure, both completely or on mortgage, seemingly an inevitability this summer season.
Regardless of by no means managing to power his means into first-team reckoning with the Premier League champions, the £810k-rated menace has nonetheless blossomed elsewhere, notably having fun with a high quality mortgage stint at Belgian second division aspect Lommel through the 2020/21 marketing campaign, scoring six targets and offering 4 assists in 25 video games in all competitions for the membership.
That glowing spell noticed the eight-cap worldwide lauded by journalist Sven Claes, who said that he “was the very best participant of the league”, whereas additionally highlighting that the ahead had so usually “embarrassed” defenders along with his mixture of pace and trickery down the flanks.
Have Sunderland had a profitable window to this point?
A participant with 40 objective contributions in 189 membership profession video games to date, the 5 foot 7 star is little question an actual expertise, with the very fact having been emphasised by comparisons to Brazilian icon Neymar by South American professional Tim Vickery upon his signing for Metropolis.
He stated: “There are not any ensures however not for the reason that likes of Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar have I been so enthusiastic a few younger participant.”
Though that high-profile transfer has since didn’t work out, it’s nonetheless telling that Moreno was likened to a participant of such magnitude in Neymar, with that maybe illustrating a expertise that merely must be unlocked.
Whereas he has his controversies, the Paris Saint-Germain genius is a participant that any supervisor would doubtless welcome into his aspect, with the 30-year-old having lit up European soccer during the last decade or so.
The 119-cap celebrity – who’s the second highest scorer in his nation’s historical past – has netted 278 targets and offered 174 assists in 466 membership profession video games thus far throughout his spells at Santos, Barcelona and on the Parcs des Princes, with such figures the envy of most within the fashionable recreation.
That electrical type continues at the same time as doubts creep in concerning his long-term, taking part in future, having registered six objective contributions in simply two video games to date for the Ligue 1 champions within the new season, with the mercurial magician a very distinctive asset.
Whereas Moreno is way from reaching such heights, for these of a Sunderland persuasion it’ll little question be intriguing that they might have a Neymar-esque determine on their arms if the participant can reside as much as Vickery’s previous declare.
That evaluation would seemingly point out that the “fantastic” gem – as dubbed by Claes – has the uncooked expertise to be an actual success on the Stadium of Gentle, with a lot potential there to be unleashed.